The Live Experience

Do you remember testing CD’s with provided headphones at music stores?
You didn’t need permission to try different styles, nor was it necessary to understand complexities of instruments, chords or symbolic lyrics.
It was a wonderful way to explore different artists & genres, purchasing what you enjoyed.

Now, imagine wandering conveniently from arena to arena, hearing those musicians live.

In a way, that’s what art galleries do.

Galleries and museums host a banquet of genres for you to explore.
Feel the passion live & see rhythm dance in paint, clay, bronze and multimedia.
Modern classics, cartoon florals, impressionistic landscapes, ultra realism, colourful abstracts, and historical art.
Stand mere inches from Van Gogh’s olive trees. Imagine he stood here at this distance, arm held just so to achieve that angle of brushstroke. See the grasshopper stuck in the paint, now over 100 years old.

Wander galleries at your leisure, what pulls and intrigues you? Be curious about your own responses to work. What challenges, delights, surprises or captures you? Curious to know more? ask representatives or staff to explain the work.
It’s their job to be of assistance, and are usually happy to share their knowledge.

I first experienced the opera, symphony, and ballet at the age of 17. Each event captivating and unique from each other.
All introduced to me by my brother, who lived in the city while attending University.
Ever the patient guide, he explained the Marriage of Figaro and the complicated sound of jazz.
One night he took me to a lively blues joint. Rich vibrations rumbled thru the floor right up into my body and soul.
Deep spellbinding voices with incredible guitar mastery the musicians blew the roof off and my world tilted.
Leaning over to my brother, I said “I don’t understand it all ,but its incredible!”
“You don’t have to understand it Dawn,” he said, grinning,” just feel it.”
Delighted, I sat back and did just that.

~Recently I attended the Arthur Shilling exhibit at the Windsor Art Gallery. HIs subjects shimmer in vibrant colour, strength and story. If you visit, you may even feel the floor vibrate beneath you like I did..

A Dealer confessed, “We have to host big events in order to just get people in the door.” It seems many don’t desire to venture out and experience art live.

New work !!
“Ocean” 4ft x 3ft  oil on canvas now complete

“Northern Island” 16x 20 oil on canvas.

All work is available for purchase, if you are in the area, feel free to make an appoint to visit the studio… live & in person.

Field of Dreams

“Build it and he will come,” an unnamed voice says to Kevin Costner’s character in the movie Field of Dreams. The voice is referring to character Ray’s father, who has passed away.

James Earl Jones character expands on the message, “Build it and they will come” suggesting people will flock and pay to witness the remarkable transformation of cornfield to ball diamond alive with ghosts of early ball players.

Since the movie debut in 1989 dream concepts have been related to the quote in modern day scenarios. It could also relay to the art business.

Creating art is builds human connection. Each original piece evolves has never been before.
When shared with community, and individually resonate, even transcend, bridging past and present.

Artists risk judgement to inspire dreams, hoping recipients discover a deep sense of connection and find value worth supporting and collecting.

I never run out of ideas, subjects are diverse & endless. I do, however, run out of supplies. From prolific work emerges the practical practice of finding homes for the art, avenues to display & sell, with constant search of collectors.

In a way, building an art business may seem like building a baseball filed in the middle of a corn field. It’s risky, possibly judged as impractical madness.
But when a viewer wanders in, touched by a sense of homecoming, a loneliness for something they hadn’t been able to name disappears.
Recognition ignites. Hearts alight with possibility and magic.

New Work
IN progress: yet to be titled, 4ft x 3ft oil on canvas.

Waterlily is in the studio & avail. for purchase. 22×28 oil on canvas.

Hayfield 8×10 is SOLD.

New work available for purchase on display:
Anchor Coffee House
Fei Physiotherapy
International Art Designs
My Home studio- avail. by appointment
Hambleton Galleries– Kelowna.

“ Build it and he will come” was ranked #39 in 100 of the most memorable movie quotations of all time.
The Iowa baseball field movie set is still reaping financial benefits, with tours and events year round.

Update to Subscribers


I will return to my story narrative in the next post, if you didn’t receive my letter last week, I have a few additions along with posting brand new work just complete today!

Dear Subscribers & Friends of Art,

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the New Year?

By continuing to fill your life with art you award yourself a unique gift.
Viewing art improves your health, cognitive & communication skills, your own creativity & innovativeness. It increases empathy while decreasing depression & anxiety. Art can actually improve rest, productivity & healing.

new 24×36 oil

Landscape art may be one of the most competitive genres, it’s also the most proven for positive health, offering some the incredible benefits that nature gives.

I attempt to offer a connection to the outdoors with emotional content of being immersed in nature, and hope to encourage real life wilderness wandering.

new 8×10 oil

Included in the 2-4x monthly new art unveiling, are stories filled with inspirational content woven with a creative thread. Whether it be art & industry information, wellness, design, creative individuals & organizations, or nature or art process news offers you a glimpse of life connected to art.
It’s my hope to inform, motivate and inspire you to discover art & nature, satisfy your questions, find confidence collecting & living with art, enjoying the richness it can bring to all aspects of your life.

I am happy to announce I have not missed creating new work or a post every month for 8 years!

Health & Fitness Magazines as far away as Australia have discovered the posts, sending lovely letters of commendation sharing my blog with their readers. Here are two of those with article links I quite enjoyed.

Jenny at Sports Fitness Advisors sent Congrats for my post on running, including her 35 Amazing Health Benefits of Running article, see here 

Most recently,” Health Ambition” responded to one of my popular posts on wellness.
To view Helen’s article on ‘Improving Concentration” click here.

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Thanks again for continuing to follow, its always a pleasure to hear from you, please keep in touch, its thru your letters & feedback I gain insight on how best to serve you.

If you are just joining us, or have missed recent postings,
I have catagorized a list of the most popular writing since Dec. 2010 below, you may enjoy at your leisure.

With a fall exhibit in Saskatchewan, new work planned for clients & the Hambleton Gallery in Kelowna, and presentation in the Hockley Valley in spring, I best wander down to the studio.

Enjoy! d
p.s please send a quick note in response when you are able, to let me know you are receiving the posts ok. Thank you!



Finding Flow

A Month in the Wilderness


Longevity in Art (Thanks RG)



Creative Mobility

Winds of Change




Discovering a Worthy Purpose


Vital Dwelling/ Life Nourishing Design

The Architect


Making of the Rising Sun

Art Appreciation

On their first date attending a football game Mom asked Dad “Which ones are the goalies?”
After all, my parents met at a hockey game.
My Dad, an athlete and huge sports fan, wasn’t offended by her lack of football knowledge. He married her not long after.

One of the wonderful aspects of art, is you don’t have to understand it to be a fan.
Professional Art appraisers primary advice is “art should be a passion buy.” In other words, love it? buy it.

People purchase music, clothes, homes, cars, confidently without worrying about or justifying their choice, yet confidence can dwindle quickly when it comes to art.

Learning about art can be enlightening and offer a bonus confidence boost.
Having a glimpse of the work involved, process, or meaning behind it, can lessen the fear of art, and bring open-mindedness.
Plus, it’s a transferable skill.
Appreciating varying art forms boosts your own creativity, innovativeness, decision making ability and understanding new perspectives.

Like music, there is so much to enjoy about art.
Whether it be Carr’s emerald forests, Rothko’s smokey colour transitions in Four Darks in Red to Jean Paul Riopelle ’s incredible kaleidoscope design in “Composition Blue.”
Don Berger’s florals unfold in absolute beauty.
Julia Hargreaves stunning “A Warm Afternoon in May”, the first painting I see each morning, brings me tremendous joy.
Allen Sapp and Maude Lewis were storytellers of personal life experiences.
Daphne Odjig, a pioneer in bringing First Nations Art to the forefront of Canada’s art world. *
Tom Thomson’s pure raw work feel as by the hand of one connected to the wild. Van Gogh’s uninhibited love of the earth radiates from his work.Then there are Monet’s brush stokes melting into one another and Lawren Harris’s clean edges.
The list is endless.

Exploring can be fun with the wealth of information available. The internet can be a doorway to discovering and learning about art process, exhibits, biographies, and stories. Art experienced live may be the ultimate gift. If you have an opportunity to do so, venture beyond the screen.
Approach artists, dealers and gallery representatives knowing they are usually happy to share their expertise and stories. It’s within inquisitiveness appreciation is gained.

Not long ago, I was taken by a simple sketch series in a gallery. A woman was portrayed in a series of four portraits, gracefully moving forward in confident, dance like steps. It looked as thou in each one she aged, her figure a little more stooped, yet the same lengthy kick to her heals. I found them joyful. The dealer explained the drawing, by a bronze sculptor, was a working sketch to achieve form for a piece located in the sculpting gallery.
The sculpture was delightful. Had I never asked, I would not have seen it, nor made the connection.
We are all students.


New Work now complete:
Forest Path – 3ft x 4ft acrylic/ oil on canvas ( shown in natural and studio light).
Red Sky- 3ft x4ft acrylic/ oil on canvas   ( shown in natural and studio light.)
Beach- 8×10 oil on canvas board.

Note: While on the theme of asking questions, a few of yours from this week.
• I always stand, never sit to paint.
• I don’t have a dog, but I agree, they are good company.
• Art is my sole income, I work full time as an Artist.
• I have explored a variety of subjects, nature is where I feel I can most contribute.
• I work in a variety of sizes to keep stimulating & challenging my composition skills, also to prevent injuries from repetitive motion working on the same spacial surface can cause.
• The new Red Sky painting is my happiest place in the world. Wild grasses and sage blanket the valley crest at Manitou. You can feel the ancients wishing happy tidings on the breeze.

Happy Place

The Huichol tribe greet the rising and setting sun daily.
It’s one way to relieve stress and connect with ‘Kupuri” or “Life Force”.
For them, nature is, like in many indigenous tribes, a direct source of life power & essence.

They transform fear by “going out into nature at night, watching stars above, embrace darkness, silence & nature sounds.” In daytime, they “employ the light of the sun by bringing the light into body, soul and spirit.”*

‘Quietening the Mind’ is a form of meditation practiced in nature.
Exercise outdoors is also a way Huichol people face stress with calmness. They focus on this while planting crops of corn one kernel at a time.

Living in the Sierra Madre Mountains, the tribe has no history of war.

Do you greet the sunrise and sunset daily, taking a moment to breathe deeply, quietening your mind?

Where is your happy place in nature?

You may be fortunate to enjoy several surroundings that fill your spirit.
Environments which delightfully challenge your body in movement, hiking, paddling, climbing, cycling, and make your spirit sing.

Happy places can be filled with active adventure, be a meditative sanctuary, or both.

While visiting your joyful niche outdoors, observe sounds, scents, colour, patterns, texture, light, and shadow. Tune into natures essence. The more present and mindful, the more heightened your experience and vivid your memory will be.
Feel happiness seep in and welcome the warmth of the sun into your heart.

~ * “Fit Body, Fit Soul” by Brant Secunda and Mark Allen.

New Work!

Two large new paintings above are in the home stretch of completion.

Yet Untitled, ( sunset & forest morning) they are 3 ft x 4ft original, acrylic & oil.

Also shown : Mountain Light, 22×28 oil on canvas & Mountain 4ft x3ft oil on canvas.

To purchase work, please email me


Life Beyond the Screen

“Art, because it is so easy to do, but so difficult to do well, encourages humility in the human soul.” Robert Genn. “Art”, he said, “is an event.”

A million different decisions contribute to the evolution of one painting. Creating isn’t a linear process, nor is it automatic. Whatever genre an artist may work in, there is deliberation, conscious planning, and if practiced long enough, on a good day, flow that contributes to the magic factor.

A friend believes the more a painting looks like a photograph, the more skilled the artist. He spoke about efficiency, thinking artists have ability to wake up, decide to paint a specific subject, then just slap it together.
Before you roast him, I encouraged his questions & thoughts.

Artists do become more adept with tool handling, understanding mediums & their limits, as well as trying to push our own. Creating art also requires intention and work. Wonderfully, creating may be one of the most mindful activities there is. Skill level may be determined by mature style, execution, design, and evolution of their work, researching an Artist’s history, asking professional sources such as dealers and gallery representatives.

After our lively chat, I realized a key point, viewers these days may not see art beyond their cellphone screen.
For those who are physically unable to visit galleries and museums, online galleries make art accessible. The world wide web is a fantastic way to expose art and the world’s diverse culture to a global audience.

Thou like many things viewed on a screen, or like a travel brochure offering a glimpse of your holiday, it won’t compare to real life experience.

As Genn said, “ Art is an event”.

Among online galleries websites/ social media benefits ( artist run websites, art museums, commercial art galleries) is educating the viewer on an artists portfolio of work, history, etc. Previewing an exhibit online first offers the opportunity to think of questions for the dealer or artist, which pieces you wish to view when you visit, layout of the gallery, etc.
The web allows you track galleries, artists ,their sales, exhibits, industry news. Following galleries & artists on social media can be inspiring and help abreast of new work, future exhibits, etc.

I have gained international clients from the web. Their most popular comment? “Wow. It’s SO much better in person.”

These comments are common because viewing work online:
Electronic devices display colour uniquely, perhaps not true to life.
Size of the painting may be difficult to conceive.
Zooming in on images, especially on a phone can distort your cognitive experience and affect emotional connection to the work.
With impressionism, and large format paintings, proper distance in personal viewing is required to achieve it’s affect.

One hope with online galleries/ presence is to invite the viewer to explore and incorporate art into your lives.
The real ones.
Art is meant to be lived with, engaged in, .. it’s a wonderful personal conversation you alone have with each piece. To take advantage of the magnitude and scope of that conversation, reality takes the cake.

I encourage you to explore art beyond the screen. Visit museums & galleries, view a variety of genres, even ones you may not like. Feel free to ask questions. Questions are welcome when addressed in curiosity and kindness.
Gaining an understanding of different genres encourages an open mind, appreciation of different perspectives, and diversity.
There is quite nothing like the thrilling flutter when a certain piece captures your heart, or when you finally view the masterpiece you once only saw in history books. It can be transcending.

Spend your lunch hour at a museum. ( Interestingly, a study that had professionals doing just that resulted in lower blood pressure & HRates, AND resulted with increase of random acts of kindness). Meet friends for coffee near a gallery and take in the exhibit. Wander a studio tour or an art fair. Shake the hand of the creator.

Art exposure feeds our cognitive skills, communication, problem solving tasks and heals not just emotionally, but physically as well. Art can illuminate and feed the soul.


New Work: Field #1, 2 & 3. Each 16×20 acrylic/ oil on canvas.

New work, using the same reference, same size canvas, same prep, for these three paintings, painted in three different styles.

On the left in the group photo Field #1is a more abstract composition, meant to have pizzaz, exhibit the feel of clouds moving toward the viewer and swirling in the sky, it’s an energetic piece, true of the beauty of prairie skies.

#2 Middle is impressionistic. It’s meant to streamline the composition, eliminate fuss and ‘noise’ of detail, the intention is to feel the power of colour, of movement in the sky, and the rich contrasts of the scape. it’s meant to be a direct emotional experience, and spark imagination.

#3 far right is a realistic composition. It’s more illustrative, with blended transitions, detail in grasses, trees, clouds giving the viewer more information.

Which is your favourite? vote 1,2 or 3.
To purchase these or any new work please email me

Vital Dwelling/ Life Nourishing Design

Caliente is Benjamin Moore’s 2018 colour of the year.
Media may dwell on architectural & interior fashion trends, however, there is an exciting movement with primary focus not to trend, but inhabitants.

While this isn’t a new concept, Wellness Architecture is currently gaining recognition.
The Wellness Architecture initiative brings together diverse thought leaders with the purpose of raising awareness on how our surroundings directly, and profoundly, impact us psychologically, physically, energetically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

The trend is based on the Well Building Standard, a checklist of seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mental health. Developed by Delos and the International Well Building Institute, these are the blueprints for a healthy building ”

Beyond what Benji chooses for wall colour, it’s about how we live, work, move and inhabit space as individuals. We spend 90% of our lives indoors, it’s critical to orchestrate our living/ working environments for vital health & wellness.

Little Architecture explains:
The connection between space & wellness
“As living beings, we are our environment.  Design plays a significant role in human health, and the way that we configure and manipulate elements in a space can mean more to its inhabitants than whether they like the color of the walls, or the texture of the carpet.  On the most basic level certain environmental factors have universal effects on all of us – i.e. daylight & circadian rhythm.  In other cases these environmental factors are very personal and specific, based on our genetic wiring.  Genetics set the stage and the environment activates those genes in different ways.
Our bodies respond to queues in our environment – as our evolutionary responses developed – and much of what is designed today is giving our systems the wrong message.  The most unfortunate thing is that very few organizations and even design professionals recognize the benefits of salutogenic design (designing for wellness).  Salutogenic design isn’t something that’s “cool” or “good for PR”.  It’s a measurable aspect of design that can help a building’s inhabitants operate at their peak of effectiveness, maintaining physical and mental well-bring, actually helping them to lead healthier, and therefore longer lives.  It is the ultimate investment in people, in an architectural sense.
The way that we design space has a direct impact on physical and mental fatigue, awareness, memory cognition, depression, cardiovascular & musculoskeletal health.”

Research across a variety of studies strongly suggest nature views and nature art play a strong part in wellness surroundings.
It’s makes sense, humanity has an allure to nature. (a topic in my upcoming presentation).
“Views of nature have been shown to increase feelings of meaningfulness and connection to others & nature.” WH Magazine2018
Running magazine discovered people who worked out in front of pictures/ art of their favourite holiday location proved optimum for motivation and increased endurance.

We are all born with a little spidy sense, influenced by our surroundings even on an unconscious level.
Every space we dwell in, interact in, move thru, even transition areas, have significance. What you pass by in a hallway may not come immediately to mind, but your body will have reacted to the pattern, shape, light, colour, scent of everything in your midst.
Creating spaces with awareness can be life altering and enhancing. As Little Architecture states “It’s the ultimate investment in people”.


Meaning of amaryllis flower, click here
See how Benjamin Moore comes up with its colour of the year. click here  Surprisingly, calinete is the colour of an amaryllis flower.

All work is available for purchase, please email me for details.
Amaryllis   30×40   2700.00
Bay   22×28   1500.00

A Work in Progress

In reality, most of us are a work in progress.
The arts have long wrestled with perfection persona.

Visual art rose as a form of communication. Skilled artists were often respected as Shaman. This divinity persona weighed on artists thru history. Michelangelo burned his working sketches. Ideas formed from devotion to work and practice, not from pure ‘ divine enlightenment’ would have been deeply frowned upon.

Yet, the most famous, celebrated painting in history is not without flaws. Leonardo Da Vinci’s portrait of “Lisa”, Titled “Mona Lisa” (meaning My Lisa) a brilliant work of art, has hints of overworking, mismatched horizon and hands, among other little ‘flaws’.
The portrait took 4 years to complete, and he didn’t feel it was his finest work.
4 years. Think of how much Lisa’s looks would have changed.*
Perhaps the artist, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and improvement may have been evolving too?

In an era of perfection pursuit, its comforting that with flaws, great achievements may illumine and perhaps, imitate life.

Conductor and Co- author of “The Art of Possibility” Ben Zander suggests one slightly off musical note played with sincere emotion is more powerful than a technically emotionally absent performance.
“If we include mistakes in our definition of performance, we are likely to glide through them and appreciate the beauty of the longer run.” Benjamin Zander

A well known artist told me as soon as a painting goes ‘south’ it must be discarded, urging my agreement. I rarely completely trash work. I like to see what may be possible, put it aside, ponder what may lie yet undiscovered. Not ‘rework’ it but resurrect it. Morphing the work may far exceed expectations, built on ‘flaws’.

I learned this lesson early in my career. Working on my last canvas for a group exhibit, it all ‘went south.’
Dismayed, my budget didn’t allow for purchase of more supplies.
The stress of failing to meet the show requirement haunted me for days. One evening after work, I decided to see if the canvas could be salvaged, maybe, just maybe if I combine mediums, acrylic and oil, maybe if I sand it down.. maybe…

The piece was a turning point in my career.
Because I was restricted from overworking it, it felt light and bold. It had spark. In effect, the flawed work beneath gave it life.

The day after the opening, a collector reserved the gallery to wander at his private leisure.
Of all the work in the show, unknown to him, he purchased a painting initially designated for the trash.

Revisiting work, or contemplating work that didn’t pan out isn’t a mark of perfectionism. It’s optimism born from personal non judgement.
We take the seat of self criticism seriously, with great respect of the process. Remove pride from the equation, and you embody energy and power of possibility.

~“I settled on a game called I am a contribution. Unlike success and failure, contribution has no other side. It is not arrived at by comparison.” Benjamin Zander.

* Reference: Robert Genn “The Letters” page 542

~ All new work is available for purchase.  I have been revisiting, and breathing new life into pieces I am so excited to share with you today!  please email me at

One side note, I have not taken a break from posting, or painting for nearly a decade. If you have not received these letters on a regular basis, the system on occasion may stop sending letters to those it believes are spam. I apologize for this inconvenience. If ever in doubt, please  go to my website, click on “NEWSBLOG” to see all new work & posts.

I am still technically restricted, without access to my computer, files & contacts or from using my camera for the photos. These were taken with an iPhone.

Journey to Improvement

Optimism can add 7.5 years to your life.
Silver lining attitude can go a long, long way.

In sport and art, the path to improvement involves physical, mental & emotional elements.
The spark of belief limits can be surpassed fuels the fire.

For some, that means bumping up training, nutrition, seeking coaches, new materials, new environment, genres or sport, moving or taking up a new hobby to unlock ultimate potential. Change can spur growth, even if it’s not directly related.

For others, the search is internal, reflecting inward, seeking a different kind of mentor.
Ironman triathlete Mark Allen’s compelling story “Fit Body, Fit Soul” credits his success to recognizing the power of spiritual and emotional health. Shaman Brant Secunda helped him tap into his internal power, enormously impacting Allen’s career and life.

Artist Emily Carr’s work dramatically changed at the age of 58. Until then, historians dubbed her work mediocre at best. What happened? Most of the credit goes to her meeting Lismer, Harris and members of the famous Group of Seven. Her letters corresponding with Harris still exist.

A little sleuthing uncovered a unique series of events that I think also fueled this change.

Feeling frustrated with her own work, nearly penniless, giving up painting for over a decade, Carr took up pottery and opened a rooming house for funds. A call from the National Gallery had her traveling east, but before she took her long train ride, she was sent a book, on the new ‘modern’ painting. It included work the Group were doing. She had heard stories about modern painting, and was CURIOUS.

Key: Frustration and curiosity can fuel passion. It exhibits wanting to improve and open mindedness to learn.

Carr’s curiosity peaked after reading on the long train ride east.
Away from her rainforest and experiencing new places,( change of environment) meeting peers,( sense of community) like the Group,( mentors) and being asked to exhibit in the National gallery,( confidence).
I personally believe all fed her fire to return to the easel with hope, knowledge and inspiration, and perhaps happenstance meetings had a dramatic impact on how she worked and her style.
It’s in this same period that happened to meet Georgia O’Keefe, saw and exhibit by Arthur Dove, and another artist who’s bold style caught her interest.

O’Keefe apparently did large sketches with inexpensive supplies. It’s possible, O’Keefe shared her process with Carr. Some believe, this sparked Carr to creating brilliant sketches known today.

This is a critical point in artistic freedom & creativity. Carr was low on funds. The fear of ruining good supplies strikes most professional artists. This fear can override taking creative risks, and stall progress.
Carr writes about her sudden joyful freedom to ’sketch’ with cheap housepaint, mixed with gasoline on inexpensive newsprint. Her creative fire no longer stamped out by fear of not having supplies to explore, her brushstrokes and style evolved. Coupled with encouragement from the Group of Seven, corresponding with them, exploring exhibits of other artists and the internal drive to evolve her work, at the age of 58, she did just that.

Some say artistic vision dropped out of the sky and into her lap. I say, she was a spunky, knowledge seeking, forest loving, thou perhaps at times cranky ( who wouldn’t be breathing in gasoline in confined spaces?) individual.

Advice in art can be contradictory. Loosen up your stroke, tighten up areas, bold colour, less colour, more value, be free with stroke and composition, be a careful with your brushstrokes & make them count.
So it goes.

Perhaps the solution in any journey to improvement & success, is to find balance. Change spurs improvement, courage feeds confidence, open mindedness offers room for growth. Community can bolster mood, collectors encourage, peers may inspire.Mentor, spiritual guide, or coach, may help with your brushstroke, run splits, or personal evolvement.

Listen externally with an open mind, internally with an open heart. Know when to quiet the noise,retreat to your sanctuary and instincts. Remain steadfast in your pursuit, dwell in possibility and reach for the stars. You might just surprise yourself, and add years to your life.

I am writing you from a borrowed laptop after experiencing a complete crash of my own.
In midst of completing several months of work in an art presentation, my tech world went black.
I have hopefully, temporarily lost your contact info/ research photos/ and my entire presentation, along with the name of an artist that happened along in Carr’s career.
The silver lining, I chose this week away from tech stuff to be uninhibited with my creative exploration, continuing to reach for what lies shimmering beneath the surface. Hope you enjoy the new work. I still have access to update Instagram, Linked IN, and email. I would love to hear from you.

Inspirational Song on repeat this week in the studio: “Storm Comin”  by the Wailing Jenny’s.

New Work: Windswept Tree – 60×40 Oil on canvas
Morning shore 11×14 oil on canvas
Prairie Skies 1&2 – both 16×20 acrylic ( #1 shown on left in double photo-# 2 – shows progress to final pic with tools. possibly still in progress. :0)

Joyful Beginnings

What was fun when you were 8?

Experts say children naturally do what they love and pursue it with gusto. Personality can shine like a bright new penny in youth.

We may lose a little of that shine from life demands, expectations and inhibitions that weigh on us as adults. If you are searching for your fun groove, think about what you enjoyed when you were 8.

Personality is a big deal in art, some would say, in artists too.

Artists need to entice buyers and establish their personality or ‘brand’ solidly among a massive sea of available art.

With demands to create prolifically, post often on social media, exhibit process and who is behind the brush, without compromising style or boundaries…

How to stand out?

Answers can be found creating art authentically unique in personality, with an unquenchable thirst to improve and evolve. Historical research can help pave the way, with consistent locked in studio time. Lastly, experiment fearlessly knowing failure is a huge component of growth. Thou staying on course isn’t easy, it’s worth the effort.

These are some of my continuing goals. What’s new for you in 2018? What’s happily the same?

Whatever your dreams, may you find your groove and the fun factor. May you thrive in the face of challenge and excel. May you be well, peaceful & happy.~

2018 projects include:

ART: So excited to share this new work with you!

New : Sunset Lake 14×18 oil on canvas. ( Thanks Tim M. for sharing your photo)

           Wood Door24×36 oil on canvas.

PRESENTATION: “Connect to nature in the way of an artist”. . without picking up a brush. Showing in spring at the Hockley Valley Studio of Al Pace, as part of their lecture series. Other locations yet to be determined.

EXHIBITS: Exhibiting in the fall at the Shurniak Gallery in Assiniboia Saskatchewan! After communicating with Bill Shurniak for 3 years, it’s an absolute dream to be showing at his beautiful legendary venue. To read about Bill’s incredible personal collection and vision behind his gallery, click here. And here.

With the workload ahead & to focus on what I do best.. paint, I will post on professional social media where my collectors are most active, Linked IN and my newsblog. Fairly new to Instagram, for now, you can find the art  @dawnartworks.

You are welcome to share the news/ social media links and web with friends. To purchase art, (2017 pricing applies presently) please email me at or my representatives at the Hambleton gallery, Kelowna BC.

Visiting my newsblog for the first time? Welcome! 6 of the most popular posts among readers, click below links.